Happy Labor Day from Barbara Reaume at Coldwell Banker Real Estate!
Real Estate Tips for Sellers
HIRE A TECH SAVVY REAL ESTATE AGENT
Over 88% of buyers now start their search on the internet, and are tech savvy. This is reason enough to ensure that the realtor who is marketing your home is tech savvy and knows their way around internet marketing. The way to get the widest and broadest exposure for your home is to have your realtor access as many search engines as possible.
PRESENTING YOUR HOME
Photos and online marketing: The photos of your home need to elicit an emotional response, and enable people to picture themselves in your home. The pictures must be good enough to motivate them to the next step of driving by or setting an appointment.
Interior presentation: Ensure your home is free of clutter and has plenty of sunlight shining through the windows. You can add some in-season decorative touches, such as colorful throw pillows or a beautiful centerpiece on your dining room table. If you have a fireplace, make sure it’s clean and tidy.
BE AWARE OF DISCLOSURES
As a seller, it is crucial to be aware of the various disclosures to familiarize oneself with:
Seller’s Transfer Disclosure Statement
Seller’s Property Questionnaire
Statewide Buyer and Seller Advisory
Water Heater, Smoke Detector, Mold and Lead.
These are a few of the disclosures that a seller is required to fill out to complete their transaction with a buyer. It is always a good idea, when getting ready to sell your home, to call your realtor and ask them for a copy of all contracts, the listing contract, agency documents, and listing information forms, so that you can review them thoroughly.
CHECK THE STATISTICS
The current listings, the listings in escrow, and the sold listings are a good barometer for the real estate market in your area. I post the 60 page monthly statistics on my website at www.barbarareaume.com, so you can evaluate the market with a keen eye.
A ‘comparative market analysis’ will help you understand where your home is in this market. It is a comparison of the neighborhood and lot size, square footage of the home, upgrades and condition, age and floor plan. This is a free report for the homeowner, using the technology available to realtors today to evaluate and position the seller’s home for a response from buyers that culminates in an offer. If an offer is not forthcoming, the seller and the realtor need to get together again and reposition the home to solicit offers. You can’t sell your home if you do not have offers coming in.
I have dozens of helpful real estate articles on my website, and if you do not find the help or information you are looking for, email me at [email protected] or call at 805-610-5403. Check out the Open Houses in Santa Barbara to get inspiration on decor and staging tips!
To unwind and relax this Labor Day in Santa Barbara, check out El Paseo Wine & Photo Tour with Eat This, Shoot That: Monday, September 7, 2015. Recurring daily, Adult Price: $69. Departure times: Recurring daily, 11:45am and 12:15pm (if first tour group is full) at 23 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Click here for more information.
Happy Labor Day Weekend!
Barbara Reaume is a real estate expert working for Coldwell Banker Montecito. She started her career as a real estate agent in 1984 and offers over 3 decades of experience in real estate sales. Specialties include Montecito real estate, Santa Barbara real estate, Santa Barbara homes, real estate financing In Santa Barbara, Montecito relocation, Santa Barbara relocation, short sales and foreclosures. Do you have specific questions about buying or selling real estate in the Santa Barbara area? Ask to be setup on Barbara’s email-based home search to get instant alerts on price reductions and new Santa Barbara homes for sale in the area. Contact Barbara Reaume by email ([email protected]), phone (805-610-5403) to find out the value of your home, discuss your options. Connect with me on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin!